In recent years, there have been positive changes to the health research landscape,
with increasing interest amongst community organisations and university investigators in
establishing research partnerships and with more funding opportunities for community-engaged
work. However, creating a community–university partnership requires new skills,
new types of knowledge, and new ways of creating and maintaining relationships. On both
sides of the research equation, people are looking for guidance. The discussion here uses our
experience to offer concrete tips in plain language for strategies that can be used to build capacity
for community–university partnerships for organisations and researchers in pre-partnership
and early partnership stages. We comment on debates about epistemology and knowledge production
in research and how anthropologists are well positioned to contribute to this process.
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